January 7, 2007

Longhorns stomp Buffaloes

The Texas Longhorns passed their first road test in conference play with a 102-78 win over the struggling Colorado Buffaloes. Leading the way for the fast paced Longhorns was the Big 12's leading scorer and rebounder Kevin Durant, who scored a career-high 37 points and pulled down 16 rebounds.

Durant scored 21 first half points to help off-set the scoring barrage by Richard Roby, who hit three three-pointers in route to a 22-point half. Texas carried a 51-48 lead to the locker room behind the strong play of Durant and forward Damion James (15 points, nine rebounds).

The Longhorns came out firing in the second half, hitting three-pointers from everywhere, but more importantly keeping Roby contained. Texas (11-3, 1-0) held Roby to eight-second half points and controlled the boards on both ends of the floor. The Longhorns out rebounded the Buffaloes (4-7, 0-1) 49-27, including 20 offensive rebounds resulting in numerous second chance scoring opportunities.

The key stretch of the game for Texas came at the 15-minute mark when Durant hit a second consecutive three-pointer that began a 19-7 run that ran the Longhorn lead to 80-62.

After Texas grabbed an 18-point lead, they played the clock well chewing the remaining minutes in the half court and closing out the game.

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